13 Oct City Project: Hannah Croom
City Project doesn’t end when the summer does. God continues to work in, use and teach those students after they finish the summer and head back to their college campuses.
Hannah Croom participated in City Project after her freshman year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to that, she says that she had never really shared her faith and had previously immersed herself in a Christian bubble. City Project opened Hannah’s eyes to something more.
“God revealed to me the importance of going ‘outside the camp’ as his Word tells us to do in Hebrews 13:13 – to go to the unbeliever, to those who are far from God,” she said.
When Hannah returned to UNC for her sophomore year, she found encouragement in continuing to study God’s Word and build on what she had learned over the summer. She used Paul as her example.
“As a follower of Jesus, I have within me the same power that fueled Paul, the power of the Holy Spirit,” she said. “This promise, along with the countless others found in God’s Word, transformed me this summer and will continue to do so throughout the rest of my time on Earth pursuing him and his kingdom.”
She knew she couldn’t keep from sharing her faith after all she had seen and heard.
“I have a desire to preach the gospel because I know the power that it has in my life and how it’s changed me and turned my heart towards the Lord. If God’s Word says that, that we’re supposed to go to all nations and make disciples of all nations, I want to do what the Lord’s Word commands us to do.”
As the leader of a small group on campus, Hannah had the opportunity to meet more fellow students and build relationships.
After returning to school and living out what she learned during City Project, Hannah saw three girls come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Hannah is excited and humbled by being used by God to lead others.
“I prayed, ‘God, what are you doing and why are you choosing to use me?’ she said. “This is definitely more than I could ask or imagine!”
“She’s been really awesome, helping me understand who God is, and who Jesus was and why Jesus died for me,” Kealia, a girl from Hannah’s small group said. Kealia was recently baptized at a Summit Church service.
But Hannah acknowledges that God says it’s about His glory and not about hers.
“I know that my personal ability to share the gospel is insignificant because it is the Lord who does all the work,” she said. “The fact that he chooses to make his children useful overwhelms, baffles and humbles me. In seeing people on my campus come to Christ, I am reminded of the gospel. We have done nothing to deserve God’s love, yet he freely lavishes it upon us.”
For Hannah, all of this is building on what she learned during City Project with Summit College.
“God has been really good to use his Word to encourage me and motivate me to go and share my faith,” she said. “And it’s not always easy. It’s easy to choose to be comfortable and be in a Christian bubble and in Christian community, but God definitely keeps prodding at my heart and saying ‘Hannah, you need to go out and to reach out.’”